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Old 05-03-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Taking the electric plunge

I've been acquiring all the electrical tid bits needed to get my E-build going and now its time to get a move one. It will be a single tier 3 vessel build with a hot liquor, mash tun, and boil kettle. The initial build will only have one pump and I will continue to batch sparge for now... having said that, I believe in planning ahead so the control panel will be built for two pumps for future fly sparging.

The system will be powered by 220 from an unused dryer outlet. I am using a 4 prong 220v/30A cord with built in in-line GFCI

The control panel is largely based on Kal's design. I am also adding light and exhaust fan control. The temps wil be controlled by two Auber PIDs with RTDs. It may be over kill but i went with 2 5500 watt LWD elements. I am only doing 5 gallon batches at the moment, but again... future proofing.

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Panel with top cut for SSR and heat sinks
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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Here is the panel with instrument layout. I hope to get the cutting done tomorrow.

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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Steady progress today getting the front door drilled and cut



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Old 05-06-2012, 05:17 PM   #4
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Nice job. What are you using? Dremel?
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Step bits for the lights and switches and just a jig saw with metal cutting blade for the PID and amp meter
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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And today's work is done. All holes cut in front door. All instruments fit tested. Hopefully next weekend I can get the outlets cut out on bottom.



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Old 05-06-2012, 10:15 PM   #7
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Nice work but you forgot all the wires on the inside.
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Ironically I finally had some time to work on it today (new baby takes priority ) just measured out and began drilling the holes in the bottom. I may start checking eBay for some greenlee punches as the metal is bending a bit making the holes difficult and sloppy. Also, anyone have any ideas on making the 2in holes for the 220 outlets.



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